Live video from our London Bridge webcam, showing the bridge, the Bridgewater Channel and portions of the English Village
An icon of opportunity for a new desert city
Completed in 1831, the London Bridge needed a new home when 20th century automobile traffic caused it to begin sinking into the Thames River in London. As Lake Havasu City’s founder, chainsaw magnate Robert P. McCulloch saw a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when the London Bridge went up for auction in 1968.
He believed–correctly, as history show us–that reconstructing this massive icon in his new city would attract tourists and prospective buyers of residential lots. McCulloch purchased the London Bridge for $2.46 million (over $17 million in today’s dollars). The purchase included ornate lampposts said to have been made from Napoleon’s cannons captured at Waterloo (seen in the live video above).
After it was dismantled, each of its 10,276 granite blocks were numbered and shipped to Lake Havasu City. The construction took three years and in October 1971, an extravagant dedication ceremony welcomed the London Bridge to its new home in Lake Havasu City.
A much-visited Arizona tourist attraction, beloved by many
Today the historic and, some say, haunted bridge is the second-biggest tourist draw in Arizona, after the Grand Canyon. Its many fans include photographers, history buffs, boaters, kayakers, paddle boarders, and music lovers at live concerts under its acoustical arches.
In 2017, a panel of experts partnering with USA Today’s 10Best chose the London Bridge as one of 20 initial nominees for Best Arizona Attraction. 10Best readers voted on their favorites, and the London Bridge was picked as a top 5 winner!